Ems hire new broadcaster

EUGENE - The Eugene Emeralds today announced the hiring of Russ Eisenstein as the team's new play-by-play announcer for the 2006 season. Eisenstein, 26, replaces Ben Ingram who left the organization in April to pursue other opportunities.

Eisenstein comes to Eugene from Oklahoma City, Okla. where he spent the 2005-06 season as the host of the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets pre-game, halftime and post-game shows on the 25 station Hornets Radio Network in Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma. Eisenstein also hosted the "Final Buzz," a post-game radio call-in show on KTOK-AM 1000 in Oklahoma City. Further, Eisenstein's duties with the Hornets included hosting and reporting for "Hornets TV," a monthly television magazine program which was carried regionally on Cox Sports Television, as well as being a regular contributor for NBA.com and various other NBA outlets.

On the diamond, Eisenstein, a 2002 graduate of Southern Illinois University, has five seasons of Division I baseball play-by-play experience, all in the Missouri Valley Conference. In 2001-03, Eisenstein was the voice of Southern Illinois Salukis baseball during his time in Carbondale. Following graduation, Eisenstein was the voice of the Illinois State Redbirds from 2004-05 prior to getting the job with the Hornets.

In addition, Eisenstein also hosted a nightly four-hour sports talk radio call-in show on WJBC-AM 1230 in Bloomington, Ill. Other WJBC duties included working on Illinois State football and basketball broadcasts as well as doing play-by-play for area high school football, basketball and baseball broadcasts.

Eisenstein becomes the franchises 12th broadcaster since 1983. Notable Emeralds play-by-play announcers include current Oregon State University football and men's basketball announcer Mike Parker (1983-86), along with former San Francisco Giants announcers Dave Glass (1987-88) and Dennis Higgins (1993-94, 2003-04).

Eisenstein plans to return to Oklahoma City and rejoin the Hornets Radio Network following the Emeralds season, which concludes September 6th.

Once again, all 76 Emeralds games, home and away, will be carried live on KPNW-AM 1120 in Eugene/Springfield.

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